Throughout this week, Tennis Channel will be in Cuba to document an unprecedented transformation of the country's National Tennis Center. It is the latest example of how tennis can be used to help change lives for the better. Throughout this week, we'll look back at some of the network's most notable efforts of giving back.
During the 2016 French Open, “with great help and great advice from the Tennis Channel,” then-U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley and her team renovated dilapidated tennis courts in Aubervilliers, a small suburb on Paris’ outskirts.
“When Tennis Channel first came to Roland Garros, we said we want to try to give something back,” Tennis Channel President Ken Solomon said. “What would it mean to this neighborhood for us to actually bring private enterprise—the French government, the United States Embassy—all together to bring it back for the kids, in a place that now will be a center of this community?
"People are going to be able to spend time together, kids will grow up and share memories. And our friends at Babolat made sure every kid had their own new racquet.”
This initiative marked the first time in 25 years that a sports facility was refurbished or built in Aubervilliers.
The children at the CMA Tennis Club of Aubervilliers took part in a workshop with Tennis Channel commentators and former Grand Slam champions Martina Navratilova and Tracy Austin, and Babolat—a longtime partner of the network’s—donated racquets to the young players.
This wasn’t the first time that the Tennis Channel made a difference in the lives of children in France. Back in 2010, during Roland Garros, the network partnered with Dunlop to donate tennis equipment to kids in Bondy.